India country full of wonders; that’s why it’s ”Incredible India”. India not only holds a sacred cultural heritage for sages but also India holds its name on the top of the list in the case of architecture. India’s civilization is one of the oldest ones in the world, at least 4500 years. Indian civilization has its own impact on everything in our lives and society.
Let’s give me an example so that, you’ll get to know how wonderful it is .”UNESCO” has listed 830 wonders heritage sites, out of which 26 are in India which is less than 6 other countries. Architecture is undoubtedly one of the most enduring archives of Indian civilization. Starting from the world’s oldest civilization that is Indias valley site of Harappa and Mahenjo-Daro(3300-1300BCE) to Morden day architecture.
Taj-Mahal, the most famous building depicting the Mugul Architecture is one of its kind, Which is counted among the 7 wonders of the world. But let off me warn you that ” Indian Architecture is way more than just Tajmahal. I’m here to introduce you, to the 11 most famous marvelous\Architectural heritage of India.
11 Most Famous Marvelous Architectural Wonders of India
1. Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The TAJ MAHAL is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments in the world. It is located in Agra, India. The construction for the building was started in 1632 and was completed in 1653 with a total cost of 32 million rupees. TAJ MAHAL is UNESCO World Heritage Since 1983. The TAJ MAHAL is one of the seven wonders in the world. The Taj Mahal incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian and earlier Mughal Architecture specific inspirations came from successful Timurid and Mughal building the Gur-e-Amir, Humayun’s Tomb, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, and Shah Jahan’s own Jama Masjid in Delhi. While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with Semi-Precious stone. Building under his patronage reached new levels of refinement.
- Address: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
- Architectural Style: Mughal architecture
- Height: 73 m
- Build: 1632-53
2. Lotus Temple, Delhi
The Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, India, this Baha house of worship in Delhi is the mother temple of India. House of Worship that was dedicated in December 1986. Subcontinent its remarkable flower-like shope has owned several architectural awards and it has become a prominent attraction in the city. The building is composed of 27 freestanding miles and petals and a gene cluster of three to form nine sites with nine toes opening onto a central hall with a height of slightly over thirty-four point two seven meters and a capacity of to five zeros your people.
- Address: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019
- Architectural Style: Expressionist architecture
- Height: 34 m
- Opened : Every day 8am-12pm
3. Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha
The sun temple of Konark derived from the words Kona or corner and ARCA which means Sun it is known not only for its architectural grandeur but also for the intricacy and profusion of sculptural work. The entire temple has been conceived as a chariot of the Sun god with 24 wheels each about 10 feet in diameter with a set of spokes and elaborate cravings seven horses drag the temple and two lions got the entry crushing the elephants.
- Address: Konark, Odisha 752111
- Open: Every day 6am-8pm
- Architectural Style: Kalinga architecture
4.Jagannath Temple, Odisha
The Shri Jagannath Temple is an important Hindu temple dedicated to lord Jagannath, a form of Vishnu, in Puri in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India.See the street vendors sell offerings to the Lord Jagannath. The Jagannath temple complex is surrounded by a wall, on each side of which is a gate.Over which rises a pyramid -shaped roof. Being the largest temple in the state, it has a complex covering several square blocks with dozens of structures including a mammoth kitchen. The main temple structure of this architectural and cultural wonder is 65m(214feet) high and is built on elevated ground, making it look more imposing. Comprising an area of 10.7 acres, the temple complex isenclosed by two rectangular walls.The outher enclosure is called Meghanada Pachir, 200m (665 FT) by 192m (640 ft).The inner wall is called Kurmabedha, 126m (420ft) by 95m (315 ft).the temple has as many as 6,000 priests.
- Address: Grand Rd, At post, Puri, Odisha 752001
- Architectural Styles: Hindu temple architecture, Kalinga architecture, Dravidian architecture
5. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
Ajanta and Ellora caves or rank Abad Maharastra.Ajanta caves 30 in number were made in the second century BC. The themes are religious and centered around Buddha. The painting is done on the ground of mud plaster. The Ellora caves are rock-cut shrines representing three different faiths Buddhism Hinduism and Jainism known for their striking proportion elaborate workmanship architectural content and sculptural ornamentation both the Ajanta and Ellora caves are part of UNESCO World Heritage sites and are one of the most exotic caves of India depicting India’s architectural brilliance in the past.
- Address: Ellora Cave Rd, Ellora, Maharashtra 431102
- Open: Every day 9am-5.30pm
- Designated as World heritage site: 1983 (7th session)
6.Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh
Fatehpur Sikri is a small city in northern India, just west of Agra, founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor. Fatehpur Sikri the amazing imperial city complex is a magnificent reflection of the values the beliefs, and personality of emperor Akbar who commissioned and built it in 1573 as his capital city. The complex blends in various elements of different architectural styles from Persian to Islamic in Indian including Hindu and Jain styles.
7. Meenakshi Amman Temple ,Tamil Nadu
One of the largest temples in India. The Meenakshi Amman Temple has twelve massive gates. The biggest gate situated on the outer walls. These are known as gopuram and are a great spectacle. There is a tank inside the premises besides a hall known as the hall of thousand pillars the amazing scouting on which beyond compare. Other halls too are adorned with beautiful figure designs and carvings and are unique from each other. The temple which is more than a thousand years old was reconstructed in the 17th century by the first-night king of Madurai Vishwanath nyam after it was damaged during the Islamic invasion of the region. The temple along with its complex now spreads in an expansive 45-acre space and is a major spot for Hindu devotees and cultural admirers.
- Address: Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001
- Open: every day 9 am-7 pm
8. Galden Namgey Lhatse, Arunachal Pradesh
The table a monastery in Arunachal Prades is the largest in India. It was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 at the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso. It is very close to the Tibetan border in the valley of the Rancho which flows down from Tibet. The monastery is also known in Tibetan as golden name Gaylord se which translates to celestial paradise in a clear night.
- Location: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, Inda
9. Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Swaminarayan Akshardham (New Delhi) is a Hindu temple, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, India. The huge structure of breathtaking splendor in New Delhi is stunning proof of the cumulative inheritance of Indian art and architecture. The complex situated near the banks of the river Yamuna and is amazingly constructed. Almost entirely of stone with no use of steel or iron in total, there are 234 finely carved pillars 9 domes,20 quadrangular spires in nearly 20,000 idols statues that depict the journey of thousands of years of Indian philosophy and spiritual tradition. About 11,000 practiced craftsmen carved out the entire edifice that rises up to a height of 10 stories beside the amazing architecture. The temple plays a film show a spiritual excursion and a musical dance show to showcase India’s spiritual wealth and philosophy of Bhagavan Swami Narayan.
- Address: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092
- Architecture: Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha
- Open: Every Day 9.30 am-6.30 pm
- Ticket: Children below 4 years – Free, Children below 11 years – INR-50, Adults – INR-80
10. Kedarnath Temple, Uttra Khanda
Kedarnath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, Kedarnath is located in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open to the general public only between the months of April and November.
Address: Kedarnath, Uttarakhand 246445
11.Rani ki Vav, Gujarat
Rani ki Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell ) is a wonderful example of a Royal step well near Patan, Gujarat, which was built between 1022-1063 AD. It is located on the banks of the Saraswati River and was built as a memorial to an 11th century AD king Bhimdev. Rani ki Vav was build in the complex Maru-Gurjara architectural style with an inverted temple and seven levels of stairs and hold more than 500 principal sculptures.
- Address: Mohan Nagar Society, Mohan Nagar Society, Patan, Gujarat 384265
- Open: Full Hours
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